It has been a week of wife and girlfriend news in the golf world, leaving some to wonder if there is a still a line between sports news and TMZ.
First it was the sudden breakup between Rory McIlroy and his tennis star fiancée Caroline Wozniacki after five months of engagement. McIlroy faced the often-uncouth European press corps at the BMW PGA Championship and did an admirable job of talking about his personal life in ways that made everyone uncomfortable. The fact that we no longer ask why a 25-year-old breaking up with his girlfriend is news does not speak well for where we are as a society.
Now comes Tiger’s ex. Fresh on the heels of her commencement speech at Rollins College – a moving tribute to adult education – Elin Nordegren has given an interview to People magazine where she called Woods “a great father.”
“My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case,” she told the magazine.
Nordegren opened her South Florida home to People photographers and videographers as well as spilling details about the turmoil she went through when Woods’ affairs became public in 2009 following his Thanksgiving car crash at the couple’s home in the Isleworth community outside Orlando.
“In the beginning, you tamp down the animosity for the kids’ sake,” she told the magazine. “I’m not going to deny that I went through the wringer. But I don’t think I doubted we’d end up here. That was always my dream, that the kids can have two loving parents that show respect for each other. And I feel that’s what they have.”
Perhaps the obsession with golfers’ personal lives stems from the money. Intimate details of the rich and famous have been fodder for gossip media since the days of Errol Flynn. And, certainly, a golfer’s charitable work and how he treats fans and sponsors is a legitimate part of the game and should be reported. But, hopefully, the relationship stuff will peter out soon before we all end up in the slime.